American Democrats hope this image portrays a powerful partnership that’ll help propel Hillary Clinton to the White House.
There was a rousing welcome at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia as Barack Obama appeared alongside the presidential candidate to give her a ringing endorsement.
“No matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits. That’s the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman – not me, not Bill – nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”
The president went on to offer an alternative to Donald Trump’s negative portrayal of today’s United States.
Citing American values, he said he was more optimistic about the country’s future than ever before.
“America has changed over the years. But these values my grandparents taught me — they haven’t gone anywhere. They’re as strong as ever; still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith (…) That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end”, he said.
The convention now awaits Hillary Clinton’s formal acceptance tonight of the Democratic party’s nomination to run for president.
Families of Victims of Gun Violence
Relatives of victims of gun violence also came out in support of Hillary at the convention in speeches that saw many delegates moved to tears.
“Christopher’s paternal grandparents met and fell in love in a Japanese internment camp, so it was in his DNA that love always trumps hate,” said Christine Leinonen of her son, who died in the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Erica Smegielski’s mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School where she worked as a principal.
“I’m here alone without my mother, while too many politicians cower behind the gun lobby instead of standing with American families,” she told the crowd.
“What we need is to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States of America, so that no other daughter ever has to say, ‘I would give every single day that I have left for just one more day with my mom.’”
Survivors of the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, came out strongly in favour of Clinton.
“The shooter in Charleston had hate in his heart. The shooter in Orlando had hate in his heart, and the shooter in Dallas did too. So much hate, too much, but as scripture says, love never fails. So I choose love. And in this election, I choose Hillary Clinton,” said Felicia Sanders.
Former Arizona congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, said that despite having difficulty speaking, she was looking forward to uttering two words come January: “Madam President.”
‘‘In congress I learned a powerful lesson, strong women get things done!
Hillary is tough, Hillary is courageous, she will fight to make our families safer. In the White House she will stand up to the Gun Lobby that’s why I’m voting for Hillary’‘, Gabby Giffords said.